The Scottish Government funded Community Links programme has awarded the council £300,000 for junction improvements in the Barras area, as part of a City Deal project to create a unique, vibrant destination immediately to the east of Glasgow Cross.
Delivered in partnership with Sustrans Scotland; the Community Links programme funds infrastructure projects that make it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.
A key component of the £27m City Deal funded Collegelands Calton Barras infrastructure programme; Barras Public Realm project is increasing the attractiveness of its streets and spaces as well as improving travel connections. These enhancements are unlocking the development potential of the area, enabling the continuation of economic activity from the city centre to the East End.
This City Deal project has already delivered high quality resurfacing and pavement widening in the area as well as improved lighting and CCTV. Future work planned will improve key streets and junctions adjacent to the Barras and enhance connectivity with the city centre by prioritising pedestrians and cyclists, and reducing the dominance of vehicles.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said; “I’m absolutely delighted that the council was successful in securing funding from Community Links. This award will be used toward enhancing key junctions and travel connections in the Barras area.
“The improvements already delivered through City Deal have had a hugely positive effect and acted as a catalyst for further investment and activity in the area. The work continues and I’m heartened that the plans we have for the future will ensure the continued transformation of this important area”.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Community Links programme, funded by the Scottish Government, continues to support innovative, accessible and high quality walking and cycling infrastructure for communities to enjoy. The Barras junction improvements will help make local walking and cycling easier than ever before and support the wider package of City Deal funded improvements across Calton and the East End.
“We intend to maintain our record levels of active travel funding, in order to develop an Active Nation, and we look forward to continuing to support Active Travel partners in delivering similar community infrastructure improvements projects across the country.”
Matt MacDonald, Head of Delivery, Infrastructure, Sustrans Scotland added; “We are pleased to be supporting this project which will make it easier, safer and more pleasant for people travelling on foot and by bike in this iconic area of Glasgow. The project stands out for its engagement with the local community and key stakeholders. We look forward to working with Glasgow City Council to deliver it successfully”.
The Community Links funding, which was approved for acceptance by committee today (24 January 2019) will maximise the impact of work to improve the attractiveness of the Barras by ensuring all elements as envisaged are delivered, and by providing additionality through an enhanced design.
Following procurement in early 2019, work is expected to commence on site in Spring/Summer 2019 and to be complete in 2020.